Jason Cook is a writer from Cleveland, Ohio. After a slew of existential crises, he adventured throughout New England and became a Master of Fine Arts in fiction. He’s now reviewing music for PopMatters, The Quietus, and Resident Advisor, and writing/editing Call of Cthulhu books for Chaosium.
Wednesday, July 16 2008
Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis) made me do something I never thought I would again: enjoy pop music.
Wednesday, December 1 2010
When we think of our experiences with electronic music, we can follow a thought trail that leads like a Wikipedia article from one incendiary album to many others. Their qualities are not always alike but for one: the nostalgic thread that runs through them.
Thursday, January 27 2011
It’s clear there's potential here for a more experimental Pulshar.
Sunday, January 16 2011
Soul Center’s General Eclectics is an eclectic collection, yes. Seldom does it progress, but certainly it moves.
Wednesday, January 12 2011
Built of of the same hip-hop-governed IDM that’s become all the rage in the past few years, since Prefuse 73, DJ /rupture, and others became afflicted with the aural leanings of early 2000s Warp and Tigerbeat6, Loden’s smashing Buggy is a fair contender in the same arena.
Monday, January 3 2011
Composed by various label players, Ostgun Ton’s Fünf is a label anniversary album built exclusively from a four gigabyte sample library of field recordings made inside the legendary Berlin clubs Berghain and Panorama Bar.
Sunday, November 14 2010
Who are Envy? Envy are Japanese post-hardcore. Are they Unwound? No. Are they At The Drive-In? No.
Monday, November 1 2010
"Night Flight" and "Exorcism" form the a- and b-sides to the imaginary 7” single that could have come from Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to The Exorcist II: The Heretic.
Monday, October 25 2010
Save for “Magic and Ecstasy”, “Seduction and Magic” is perhaps the most Goblin-esque of the thirteen tracks on Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to Exorcist II: The Heretic. The piece's second inclusion, “Dark Revelation”, could remain at home on the next Burial album.
Monday, October 18 2010
“Pazuzu (Theme From Exorcist II)” is about channeling. The track does not play prominently in the film. Rather, it emerges in aural corners and suggests all the witchery, locust-vision, and demonic possession that Regan and crew play out on the screen.
Monday, October 11 2010
"Little Afro Flemish Mass" begins with the soul of a Massive Attack sample, emerging beautifully through glossolalia backed by hand drum passages and full choir ululation. It’s a great piece, haunting in an unexpected way.
Monday, October 4 2010
Reedy and sustained, “Rite of Magic” and “Great Bird of the Sky” make for both of Ennio Morricone’s most focused coda-laden contributions to his soundtrack for the ill-received 1977 horror psychedelia sequel 'Exorcist II: The Heretic'.